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Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions | Valeria Luiselli
A searing, enlightening polemic about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers It is not even the American dream they pursue, but rather a more modest aspiration: to wake up from the nightmare into which they were born.
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Come-read-with-me
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Given the current crisis on the US- Mexican boarder, I thought this would be an interesting read. It wasn‘t just interesting, it was a gut punch about the treatment of migrant children as they attempt to work their way through a system that, for many, is designed to oppress them even further. Luiselli , who serves as an interpreter for these interviews, does a masterful job of telling stories that standardized questionnaires could never capture.

NeedsMoreBooks This is such a timely book. 1w
Singout This was compelling! I thought she did a great job of sharing her personal narrative and that of the kids she worked with, without exploiting them. The pre-Trump analysis of what's been building up for years was also really helpful, and the explanation of the negative impact of speeding up the refugee claim process. 7d
Come-read-with-me @singout I agree completely. (edited) 7d
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TheKidUpstairs
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If you're looking for more insight and understanding regarding the plight of Central American refugees, this is a good place to start. It will break your heart, and hopefully it will make you angry.

Luiselli, amid uncertainty regarding her own green card, volunteered as a translator for children in immigrating court in NYC. This essay emerged from her experiences.

#Booked2020 #LiveandLearn
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Suet624 I know I‘ll have to read this and I know it‘s going to break my heart. 4w
Cinfhen I loved her other book so I‘m definitely stacking this one ☝🏾 4w
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen that one's one my TBR, I've requested my library purchase it! 4w
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Graywacke
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It‘s only now, thinking about it, that I begin to feel this book‘s relentless empty chill. American cruelty knows no bounds once it‘s legalized. Here the emotional shocks of how we treat these unaccompanied child refugees come so quickly in this little book that it‘s almost not possible to process while reading, or even at all. What they go through, in the many thousands...the little cruel window Luiselli witnessed...what can you say?

Lcsmcat 💔 1mo
TheBookHippie Just makes me heartbroken and nauseated ... 1mo
Suet624 Your words and the photo just made me start crying. I feel so helpless around all of this. Have you read Lost Children Archive by Luiselli? There's one section in there that I still think of... children being put on a plane to go somewhere. I keep wondering where they went. 4w
Graywacke @Suet624 awe, sorry 😕 I loved Lost Children Archive - bitter and beautiful and intimate. The real story behind the plane is covered here. 4w
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jenniferw88
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Some immigrants go on #epicjourneys to escape their countries. #newyearnewyou @Eggs

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 1mo
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Graywacke
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A building exploded near my office this morning, damaging the entire surrounding neighborhood, and leaving me with an unexpected day off to read about George W. Bush‘s “chingaderas, Mexican slang, or nasty-shitty policies, in approximate English translation.”

She‘s covering a lot of very difficult, emotionally disheartening stuff very quickly, and it‘s hard to process. And this was written before the orange narcissistic con was elected.

ljuliel What happened with the building , and was anyone hurt ? 1mo
jewright Yikes. That is scary. Is everyone ok? 1mo
JacqMac 😬 It‘s good that you weren‘t at your office yet. 1mo
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Graywacke @ljuliel @jewright no one knew last time I checked. Just a lot about a neighborhood of seriously damaged homes, and some injured. Here‘s a more recent update: https://apple.news/A1CcGUPf0QCerdLPLwh5_rw 1mo
Graywacke @JacqMac closer than I would have liked. I actually left my office at 1:10 am (bad day), the explosion happened at ~4:15 am and did damage our building a half mile away. 1mo
JacqMac @Graywacke Wow. Glad you‘re ok. It sounds pretty horrible. 1mo
cathipink I saw that news story - glad you are ok. 1mo
Graywacke @JacqMac @cathipink Thanks. I live pretty far away, just glad I wasn‘t at my office then (or, worse, outside my office). It‘s awful for those hurt, killed or with damaged homes (a big neighborhood is essentially next-door to the explosion sight and was hit hard.) 1mo
Tanisha_A 😳 Sounds bad! Glad you are okay. 1mo
readordierachel That's scary. Glad you're OK. 1mo
batsy Oh, that's scary! Glad no one was hurt and you and loved ones are OK. 1mo
CarolynM That's terrible. Glad you're ok. 1mo
Drosera That‘s insane, there was an industrial explosion in Michigan years ago, I only remember it because my mom worked for the company. It was at night and no one was hurt. 1mo
Graywacke @Tanisha_A @readordierachel @batsy @CarolynM @Drosera Thanks all. Watching local news last night I learned two employees were killed (one was using the office gym), and 214 house were damaged - like ceilings on the floor. @Drosera - these things are crazy. A little weird here, because I didn‘t realize it was Industrial, I thought that whole street was just warehouses. It‘s right next door to a housing community (no zoning in Houston) 1mo
Drosera Wow, that doesn‘t sound safe for that kind of zoning to be done away with. 1mo
Lcsmcat Glad you‘re ok! I feel for the families whose homes were damaged. (This is why we need zoning!) Still no cause postulated? 1mo
Graywacke @Drosera @Lcsmcat Houston, to its own harm, has embraced the no-zoning as a point of pride. (edited) 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat propylene explosion, apparently. 1mo
Louise Just saw this. What a terrible thing to happen. Glad you are safe. 1mo
TheBookHippie Oh how awful.. 1mo
Graywacke @Louise yes, and thanks. 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie I‘m guessing you mean W, but regardless, yes! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke yes ..long day yesterday many kids I mentor devastated ..my brain is French fried.. 1mo
Suet624 Texas. Sigh. “Friday's incident is just the latest in a string of industrial explosions in Texas' Gulf Coast region, which houses numerous chemical facilities.“ I'm so glad you're safe.
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Graywacke @Suet624 crazy, right. Seems these industrial plants get away with pretty much anything here. 4w
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Naominats
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Why did you come to the United States? Perhaps no one knows the real answer. I know that migrants, when they are still on their way here, learn the Immigrant's Prayer. A friend who had been aboard La Bestia for a few days, working on a documentary, read it to me once. I didn't learn the entire thing, but I remember these lines: 'Partir es morir un poco / Llegar nunca es llegar' - 'To leave is to die a little / To arrive is never to arrive.

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ephemeralwaltz
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I'm currently reading too many books but I've noticed how, for me, this enriches my reading life in general. So many books speak to one another and I like having various inputs, depending on what I'm in the mood for. As I'm finishing Lost Children Archive and working on a paper about it, I felt the need to read this ASAP. Luiselli's writing is harrowing and reading about this is painfully illuminating...
#currentlyreading

Annl I had to stop reading Lost Children Archive only so I could order my own copy because there were so many lines I wanted to highlight and I was reading a library copy. Can‘t wait to return to it. 2mo
charl08 Intrigued about the paper - she's a great writer. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Annl aaah I know! I have so many pages marked. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @charl08 I'll definitely share when I'm finished! 2mo
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Sace
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Note to self: Green Card is feminine. Which makes complete sense once I thought it through (tarjeta is feminine.)

I take forever to read (English and Spanish) because I get hung up on the minutiae of language 🙄

LaLecture I get hung op on language stuff a lot as well. And that‘s a cool fun fact! I just started learning Spanish and now I‘ve learned a new word (kind of) 😄. 2mo
Sace @LaLecture there's a bit of Spanglish in this book. It makes me laugh. Like "playlist" in italics. I guess that's become an international word? ? 2mo
Sace @LaLecture PS I'm not sure if la Green Card or playlist is recognized by the RAE. Does German have a body of academics that determine what is correct and what words go into the dictionary (like French and Spanish do)? 2mo
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AlaMich I‘ve studied Spanish off and on for about 20 years and I get hung up that way too, usually on grammar. “Ok, what does the “se” and the “lo” refer to, and why is this subjunctive...?” 🤓 (edited) 2mo
Sace @AlaMich omigosh sometimes I'll run into a "se" and I can never figure them out. That accidental reflexive still trips me up. 2mo
LaLecture @Sace We have a lot of English words in German too (playlist, soundtrack, ...). Seems like people are sometimes just too lazy to invent new ones 😂. The German equivalent of Spanglish is Denglish 😂 (German = deutsch (in German)). And yes, we have a book called Duden which is regularly updated (e.g. to add some fancy new English words 😂) and collects all German words and rules about grammar, punctuation, etc. (edited) 2mo
Sace @LaLecture English doesn't have anything so formal and it always makes me feel like English can be a free for all 😂 2mo
LaLecture @Sace Oh yes, I‘m majoring in English and this drove me nuts at first 😆. Especially as there isn‘t even one kind of standard English but many different varieties that partly have different “rules” (aka what most people deem correct) for grammar, spelling, etc. So confusing 😅. 2mo
Sace @LaLecture I feel the same way about Spanish though I guess there really are more regional standards that are actually decided on and written down so you can find an official answer. And really those differences tend to be more vocabulary and pronunciation and not grammar and spelling. 2mo
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bookishbitch
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This was the last book I finished in 2019. Ironically the first book I finished in 2019 was By the lake of sleeping children by Luis Alberto Urrea, which was about life on the border in Mexico. It was bleak. This was also bleak but did have some moments of hope too. I'm unsure which book I'm currently reading that I will finish first for 2020. I am planning a Harry Potter series re-read too. They keep me same. Well relatively that is.

charl08 Such a powerful book. I have even pressed this on people at work. 2mo
bookishbitch @charl08 I agree. It was a book club read. I have already passed it on. 2mo
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Samplergal
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Five stars. It‘s easy listened to and quite short. Read it because of the topic about the US refugee policy. Count it toward your reading goals. Beautifully written, it will make you remember the children.

Cinfhen WhT a beautiful photo 🥰 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks Read this for non-fiction November, very powerful and timely 2mo
Samplergal @NeedsMoreBooks Agree! I had it on hold for November. 2mo
Samplergal @Cinfhen Not mine. Pic Collage‘s when searching for refugee children. (edited) 2mo
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Samplergal
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Next up. Not exactly an uplifting book, but certainly a necessary one.

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bookishbitch
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Current book club read. I already know it's going to break my heart.

annahenke I don‘t know if I can handle this one emotionally. Sounds amazing! 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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This short work details Luiselli‘s work as an interpreter for the thousands of children migrants from Central America and Mexico seeking asylum/refuge into the US. The children are asked forty questions for their case. This is an eye-opening book on how the children are treated, how they are processed, and what happens to them. It also details the problems that they are facing and running away from. A must-read. #NFNov #law/courtcases

rsteve388 6 pts 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 thank you! 3mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Read this book if you are interested in learning more about the "migrant crisis" from the perspective of a documented immigrant who volunteers/helps undocumented immigrants from Central America & Mexico. As is Luiselli's style, this book is thoughtful and honest.

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jenniferw88
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Stats in the book pages but if you can't see it:
Books 22/6
Walks 2/2
Fruit 4

#bfcr2 @wanderinglynn

I couldn't resist colouring this picture from the Colouring Fun app! Have tagged one of my 5 star reads of the week!

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻 7mo
Ash.on.the.line Great week, especially on books! Love this picture too! 😻 7mo
TheSpineView Love the pic! Great job on the activities! 7mo
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Crazeedi You are very creative!!👏👏❤️ 7mo
wanderinglynn Great week! 🙌🏻 And I love your coloring page! ❤️ 7mo
Dawnrod1970 Great job! 7mo
crazyspine So cute 7mo
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jenniferw88
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When your current nonfiction book is foreworded by someone who lives in your home county, even though it's about the US-Mexican border... 😍😍😍

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Mitch
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As a call to action, a recognition of the need for active citizenry, this is a powerful book. Luiselli volunteered with a not for profit coalition to support unaccompanied children tell their stories to officials in standardised questions - to see if a glimmer of hope for their future could be extracted and worked upon by lawyers. Being aware of what is done in your name is an important step to shaping a society we can live within.

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decembersveryown
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This book says so much in so few pages. I‘m amazed by its brevity, the ability in which Luiselli uses the forty questions asked of unaccompanied child migrants to address what has been going on for quite some time yet has only been on the news as a means of further dividing a nation without blinking at the sight of humanity right before them. Luiselli is a writer whom I admire for her writing as much as her actions to a cause in need of assistance

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AnandaK89
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This was a great introductory read about the path unaccompanied minors take to reach the United States. Definitely has me wanting to read more.

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Kathrin
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In a week when we saw people teargassed at the border, this book couldn't have been more timely. The essays focus on the immigration process for children mostly from the Nothern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador).

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DyAnne
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This is going to hurt, but now is not the time to turn away.

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HardcoverHearts
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I had no intention of buying books today. But I did want to congratulate the owner of The East Bay Booksellers for an amazing year on their first anniversary. I ended up walking out with some damn gems. I am so excited that he is now stocking the Fitzcarraldo editions, which I was introduced to when I was in London earlier this summer. Here‘s to the gifts that a community gets from an independent bookstore.

emilyhaldi Love 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
JSW Independent bookstores are always worth a visit. 1y
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Weaponxgirl
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A read for #witmonth, this is a gut punch. The writer was a volunteer translator for refugee children in court in America and it‘s a heartbreaking read. I didn‘t realise things were so bad! This was before trump and what these children have to go through is just inhumane. This is short and important and made me decide to find out more about what‘s happening with refugee children in my own country.

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And once you‘re here, you‘re ready to give everything, or almost everything, to stay and play a part in the great theater of belonging. In the United States, to stay is an end in itself and not a means: to stay is the founding myth of this society.

Weaponxgirl I just read this and found it really powerful 2y
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Jocelyn73c
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"The roots and reach of the current situation branch out across hemispheres and form a complex global network whose size and real reach we can't even imagine. It's urgent that we begin talking about the drug war as a hemispheric war, at least--one that begins in the Great Lakes of the northern United States and ends in the mountains of Celaque in southern Honduras."

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Jocelyn73c
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A short but heavy and incredibly enlightening read, perfect for the little road trip my fiance and I took this weekend to see our best friends. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the crisis at the border with hundreds of thousands of children fleeing extreme violence and persecution in their home countries.

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charl08
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Booker long list made me do it...

WhatDeeReads Whoa! 2y
JenniferP I‘m very interested in The Water Cure. Curious to hear what you think! 2y
BarbaraBB Wow!! I sooo want to do this too! 2y
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charl08 @WhatDeeReads couldn't resist! 2y
charl08 @JenniferP mixed: but not my genre, so probably not a good judge. 2y
charl08 @BarbaraBB I've tried to read them for the past few years but the library's stock seems more limited than in the past. Or I am more impatient? 2y
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Nickinpa

I loved this. It was a very quick read. It was written before the 2016 election but she does include an addendum of sorts that was added after. Highly recommend!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This book was pitched to me as "if you're horrified with the current immigration happenings in America, but you aren't really sure what it used to look like & you want to educate yourself start here."

Luiselli tells the story of being a translator in immigration court for minors who cross our borders alone. She explains perfectly how forty questions that appear simple are very complex and decide the fate of thousands of children.

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irre
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Important book about the treatment of undocumented children. #blameitonlitsy

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WellReadCatLady
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A look at the current immigration crisis and the questions undocumented minors have to answer to be considered to stay in America.

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Nu20
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Pretty relevant to what's happening right now in the U.S. and abroad when it comes to asylum seekers. Children specifically. The author spent time as a Spanish-English interpreter for undocumented migrants coming to the U.S. from Central America. This essay is about her experiences.

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TheWordJar
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For a limited time, on sale for $5 from Coffee House Press (includes all taxes and shipping!). #bookdeal

An essay on immigration based on interviews with undocumented children from Latin America who are facing deportation. Seems like appropriate reading for these times.

https://coffeehousepress.org/collections/essay/products/tell-me-how-it-ends

irre Ordered 2y
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underground_bks
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This brief, incredibly lucid essay sheds light on the treatment of undocumented children in America, a pressing human rights crisis that can seem so vast and complex, it‘s overwhelming. I‘m grateful for how Tell Me How It Ends puts the situation in focus both nationally and internationally, poignantly, clearly, and even hopefully.

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SeeJulieRead
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Essays about interviews with undocumented children - this little book is heartbreaking!

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JulietteGF
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This essay is a must read, it's informative, and it's also a very poignant read. Valeria Luiselli shares here what she has learned while working as an interpreter for children at the New York immigration court.

Anna40 Could I borrow it? 🙄 2y
JulietteGF @Anna40 Sure! I'll put it on the side for you ;) 2y
Anna40 Great! Thank you! 2y
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Floresj
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I wanted this essay to be longer. Admittedly, I didn't know about how children who immigrate into the US are treated and processed. I'll give Luiselli this- her book made me want to pursue a career in immigration law, which I hadn't considered before her small but powerful book.

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bookwrm526
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I really don‘t have words - the events that prompted this book are horrible and sad, but I love that she ended it on a (however small) sliver of hope.

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prowlix
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Luiselli uses the 40 questions to show these children not as illegal aliens but refugees fleeing violent war torn countries. This tiny book is a primer for the role the US continues to play in Central America devastation and then neglect in the consequences. It is heartbreaking but compelling read. Rec for interests in civil rights, immigration or just good humans. All the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

prowlix @BookishMarginalia thanks! I‘ll have to look into 2y
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shawnmooney
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I guess I‘m just not really into the essay form, plus the audio version of this didn‘t grab me at all. I am interested in the topic, though. I should just stick to newspaper articles I guess. :-) I did listen to half of it but I only got about 1 percent of it.

amvs1111 I want to read some of her fictional works! Hoping to have more exposure to Mexican writers this year. 2y
bibliocurl I recently read it, and I loved it! I never knew much about undocumented migrants before this book! I would definitely recommend it ❤️ 2y
Lindy I enjoyed this one in print, although enjoy is probably the wrong word for the shameful situation that is being described. 2y
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prowlix
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Afternoon reading! I had to step away from this slim gut punch for several hours. It‘s emotional but soooo good. Now to finish with an adult beverage

Readaholics How was it? Harrowing - I‘m sure. But was it worth it to slog through? 2y
prowlix @Readaholics yeah it‘s definitely a 5 ⭐️read. It moves really quickly since it‘s so short that it doesn‘t feel like a slog - more disarming and personal even though she avoids too many specifics to protect children. I‘ll post a review tomorrow. 2y
shawnmooney I am just getting started in on audio - so far so good! 2y
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Cortg
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@WordWaller
It‘s here, it‘s here! It‘s perfect! I adore the scarf from Italy and love the travel theme, very impressive! Plus, the travel journal is awesome because I‘m taking my first big vacation to Europe in a few days and can‘t wait to write as I travel! Not to forget the books, they all look fantastic and I‘m glad you put them on my radar! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️Xoxo #secretsantagoespostal #wintersolsticegiftexchange

britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
scripturient Oooh, where exactly are you going in Europe? 2y
Miss_Kim I‘m laughing because I just started reading ‘This is How it Begins‘ which goes perfectly with your book! 2y
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MrBook Ooh! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cortg @scripturient We‘re spending a couple days in Berlin and a few days in Prague where we‘re meeting some friends that moved to Stuttgart over the summer! 2y
Cortg @Miss_Kim Enjoy your book, the titles do compliment each other! 2y
scripturient @Cortg Nice! Well, if you happen to go anywhere close to the Ruhr area, let me know. I‘m in Duisburg. 😊🙋🏻‍♀️ 2y
Avanders 😍😍 2y
WordWaller Yesssss!!! You're so welcome and I'm so sorry it arrived late! I had no idea you were going to Europe - that is so exciting! 💖🙌 I'm glad you like everything! 2y
Cortg Thanks @WordWaller Everything is amazing and worth the extra days wait, for sure 😉 The books all look fantastic! 2y
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bibliocurl
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I learnt so much from this book!

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Kenny
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‪My Favorite Books of 2017

2. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli. Like many of us, after Donald Trump was elected President, I had to ask myself how I wanted to show up in the world. Very soon after, this book arrived. Honestly, it changed me. It has shaped my activism, my heart.

#KennyCobleBookAwards

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razmanda
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Pickpick

Really short, really powerful, really relevant.

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razmanda
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Heartbreaking and apt lunchtime reading at a justice ministry conference.

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CoffeeK8
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This book was heartbreaking. I know next to nothing about the process of how illegal children are dealt with in the courts system. It was hard to imagine how difficult and upsetting the whole process is for the children and their families.

mrozzz 😢 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Luiselli is a volunteer translator for immigrant children from Central America that are working their way through the US Immigration system. This essay is both heartbreaking and informative. I gained a much better understanding of how and why so many unaccompanied kids are making their way to the US and what happens to them when they get here. The fact that the safety and status of these children just became a bargaing chip is horrifying.

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lauralovesbooks1
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"Because being aware of what is happening in our era and choosing to do nothing about it has become unacceptable. Because we cannot allow ourselves to go on normalizing horror and violence. Because we can all be held accountable if something happens under our noses and we don't dare even look."